Cats and dogs outnumber children currently in Seattle. The familiar presence of these animals is nothing new, though, and they are found throughout Seattle’s history and MOHAI’s collections. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs shows rarely seen objects and images from the museum’s collection and brings Puget Sound history to life through playful—at times surprising—connections.
MOHAI’s collections and the stories that these objects tell memorialize people’s love of their pets, artifacts that speak to moments in Seattle’s history, as well as show these furry companions as symbols and decorations.
See the changes in Seattle through cats’ and dogs’ stories with artifacts highlighting the shifting roles from workers to fur-children, their portrayal as symbols, as well as a couple “strays,” or objects that do not fit into a theme, are a bit of a mystery, or have never been exhibited before.
After World War II, Seattle’s cat and dog populations rapidly grew, leading to organizations beginning to promote the spaying and neutering of pets. This 1951 shows an adorable pile of cats at a King County Humane Society animal sale. This photo was published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the photographer’s editorial marks for newsprint publication—white and black contrast marks—are still visible.
MOHAI is proud to partner with PAWS to develop It’s Raining Cats and Dogs.
PAWS is a champion for animals—rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people. Since 1967, PAWS has united more than 130,000 companion animals with loving families, cared for 115,000 injured and orphaned wild animals, and made the world a better place for countless others through advocacy and education.